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August 12th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

Reporter: Bulger is a murderer of women

Now that Whitey Bulger has been found guilty of 31 out of 32 counts, the family of his victims now wait three months for his sentencing. Bulger's life of crime and his trial will likely leave a lasting impact on the city of Boston in addition to some interesting legal implications.

The jury found Bulger played a role in 11 murders, and that the government failed to prove he was involved in seven other murders. The jury made no finding in one murder – that of Debra Davis. 

Davis was dating Bulger's partner Steve Flemmi, and one day just didn't come home.

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen said the focus should not be on the "no finding" verdict.

"He was found guilty of murdering Deborah Hussey. So he is a murderer of women. He always said he wasn't," said Cullen, who has been covering the trial and co-wrote the book, "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice."

"If he thinks he had a good day because he was convicted of 11 murders instead of 19, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell to Whitey Bulger," said Cullen.

The state of Massachusetts could have charged Bulger with stand alone murder charges in each of these murders, said CNN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Paul Callan.

But "by being able to charge him with all of these crimes, they were kind of able to dirty him up in front of the jury, as opposed to doing one by one in a murder case that would be harder to prove," said Callan.

"In the end they wind up probably with the same sentence, life in prison," said Callan. "He'll probably die in prison. So it probably a good tactic."

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